DONCASTER Rovers are sweating on the fitness of striker Chris Brown (knee) ahead of tomorrow’s Championship game against visiting Bristol City.
Brown suffered the injury in the 3-0 defeat at Derby County last weekend and missed Tuesday’s 2-1 Carling Cup second round defeat against Leeds United.
That game marked the return to action after a four-match injury lay-off for fellow striker James Hayter, who suprised everyone by playing the full game.
Although Hayter said that he felt stiff on Wednesday, he trained yesterday and is expected to lead the attack again against the Robins, who suffered their first defeat in three games on Wednesday night at home to Swindon Town in their delayed first round tie.
Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll has always made it clear the league is the club’s top priority, he admitted that he was disappointed to bow out of the competition.
“I would have been delighted to be in the draw,” he said. “I thought that we played well enough on the night to be in the draw.
“I was very disappointed with the result - it was their first shot on goal and they scored from it.
“We were disappointed with our reaction after playing so well and it took us a while to get going again, but we had enough of the ball and enough chances in the second half.”
Kyle Bennett, who twice hit the post, is likely to start.
The youngster was relegated to the bench at Derby, where Rovers only started to pose an attacking threat when Bennett came on.
“We got it wrong against Derby.” said O’Driscoll, who has loan signings Reece Brown and Milan Lalkovic, whose clubs refused to grant Rovers permission to play them in midweek, available again.
He said that both players, who were thrown in at the ‘deep end’ at Pride Park after just the odd training sessions, had had time to settle in this week,
Although aware of Bristol’s strengths, O’Driscoll is more interested in
“In the situation that we are in it is even more important that we concentrate on the things that we can do well and make sure that we continue to do.
“We’ve lost five of our six (league and cup) games but four of those we could have won.
“We still feel that we are capable of winning games.”
Rovers are hoping to arrange a couple of private practice games to give the likes of Brian Stock, Jimmy O’Connor and Shelton Martis much-needed game time during the international break.